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See How They Run – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Philip King Director: Eric Potts Reviewer: Selwyn Knight In this age of equality of opportunity, it’s interesting to note that the plethora of restricted theatre groups – there have been recent examples of Shakespeare performed by all male groups, all female groups and all black groups, and performance groups set up to showcase the talents of people with a ...

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Never Try This At Home – The Studio, Birmingham REP

Writers: Carl Grose and Told by an Idiot Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: James Garrington If you grew up watching children’s television during the 1970s, Saturday mornings probably meant either Tiswas or Multi-Coloured Swap Shop. Broadcast by the two main TV channels of the time, these programmes went out in competition with each other which, in those pre-video days, meant choosing ...

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Clamber Up The Crucifix – Upstairs At The Western, Leicester

Writer: John Kitchen Director: Gary Phillpott Reviewer: Rebecca Taylor A captivating play from start to finish, this will have you drawn in from the dramatic first scene. The premiere of this performance was a fascinating and enjoyable watch, keeping the audience in silence for the duration. This one man, one act play gives an honest account of life in the ...

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The Body of an American – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Dan O’Brien Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Maggie Constable At the Royal and Derngate’s wonderfully intimate underground studio we are treated this week to poet and writer Dan O’Brien’s The Body of An American, a play based on the experiences of war photographer Paul Watson, in particular his disturbing photo of the body of US soldier William Cleveland as it ...

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Book: Jeffrey Lane Music &Lyrics: David Yazbek Director &Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Mary Tapper Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has visited Manchester for a week and is making a flying stop at Aylesbury before it heads for a substantial run at the Savoy Theatre, so is it looking in good shape, or is it still in need of improvement before it hits ...

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Finding Joy – mac, Birmingham

Writer and Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards Vamos Theatre, a company that tours full mask devised pieces, have created a charming, sweet and gently funny story about family with Finding Joy. Joy, on her 83rd birthday, suffers a fall and finds herself in hospital where, although not made explicit (being a mime, nothing is made explicit) it is ...

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Ghost the Musical – New Theatre, Oxford

Book: Bruce Joel Rubin Music: Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard Lyrics: Bruce Joel Rubin, Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Mary Tapper If you are going to take an iconic film from the 90s, starring such huge names as Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg, and rework it for the stage, then you had better do it ...

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